My friend and I had actually thought about going to Shinshou since before I left for the UK. But because time was limited then, the trip finally fell through. This time, we planned ahead of time. We were supposed to go on the Christmas weekend, but seeing that I had too much luck at the time, I had to go up north to Taipei to attend an awards ceremony, they kindly postponed our trip to the following weekend.
I didn't really know what to expect there. I've only heard of some Lavender garden in that area. But initially I was quite sceptical about spending one whole day here.
Our first destination was this place, where we could pick mushrooms ourselves. I didn't realise the place was famous for their mushrooms till we got there. The driver of the shuttle bus recommended this place to us. For a veggie who is mad about mushrooms, this is basically like heaven to me.
(超模糊 哈哈～ 不過有看到重點就好！！)
Once you walk into the mushroom picking area, you'll see endless 'fields' of mushrooms. You can pick out as many as you wish, but do be careful, as they charge by weight. It isn't difficult to pick mushrooms. Choose an isolated one to make it easier, then swing the stem from right, then to left, until it breaks loose.
These are all different sorts of mushrooms.
The kind of mushrooms available for tourists to pick. (chestnut mushrooms?)
Another kind of mushroom. Got no idea what it's called in English.
After your 'harvest', come back to the front to enjoy different kinds of dishes made from fresh mushrooms.
These fresh mushrooms will soon be transformed into a delicacy.
Deep fried mushrooms!
This, however, was not the most delicious mushrooms we had that day. You must stay tuned to see where we had even tastier ones.
We didn't pick out many mushrooms. But I can't remember who came up with the idea, that after our day trip, we could go to my place and I can cook my famous 'rice wine mushroom' for them. Because of this, I had to buy a large bag of king oyster mushrooms. As I had to find a way to finish the massive bag, I invented two other dishes...